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After section 33B of the National Heritage Act 1983 (c. 47) (powers to exploit intangible assets), inserted by section 4 of this Act, insert—
(1)The Commission may defray or contribute towards the cost of—
(a)any survey, excavation or other investigation undertaken in respect of any protected wreck;
(b)the removal of any protected wreck or of any part of any protected wreck to another place for the purpose of preserving it; or
(c)the preservation and maintenance of any protected wreck.
(2)In this section—
“maintenance” includes repairing and covering in of a protected wreck and the doing of any other act or thing which may be required for the purpose of repairing the wreck or protecting it from decay or injury; and
“protected wreck” means any site which—
comprises, or comprises the remains of, any vessel or part thereof which is protected by an order under section 1 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 (c. 33) designating an area round the site as a restricted area, and
is in, on or under the seabed within the seaward limits of the United Kingdom territorial waters adjacent to England.
(3)An order under section 33(10) applies for the purposes of paragraph (b) of the definition of “protected wreck” in subsection (2) as it applies for the purposes of section 33(9).”
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